Recreating Dementia

Recreating Dementia

Jamie Hoxsey, Writer

Disclaimer: I was really just trying to think of a title and this was the first thing that popped into my head. It’s a little clickbaity and not completely accurate.

Once again TikTok brought me to my story this week. I want to talk about this musical project by an artist referred to as The Caretaker called “Everywhere at the End of Time”. This is a 6 and a half hour album the recreates what it feels like to go through the 6 stages of dementia and for the purpose of this article I listened to all of it.

I started my journey at around 11 in the morning on Tuesday and finished it last night on my way home from work. (Can confirm, listening to stage 6 while driving home at 10 pm is not the brightest idea) The beginning of my journey was actually some really nice study music and by the end I felt as though I had been left with an emptiness and almost 7 hours of my life that I will never get back. That’s not to say this isn’t a masterpiece because I think it’s pretty genius. So, I thought I would just take you through the stages and how they made me feel and then you can decide if you want to go on this journey.

Stage 1:

This is some really good study music, its just old “ballroom”music with a little bit of static. 10/10 would recommend studying to this

Stage 2:

That same ballroom music but it just feels a little more distant and it just gives off an uneasy vibe but its still not bad at all.

Stages 3&4:

I was still studying at this point and it was…difficult to say the least, the music will just abruptly stop and start again and sometimes its just overbearing static.

Stage 5:

This stage is a more intense version of 4 where you can barely hear any music, its mostly static with cuts and stops that makes it almost impossible to listen to.

Now finally stage 6, this was somehow less coherent than stage 5 until the end where you hear a soft chior and then about 30 seconds of silence until its ends. It leaves you with a an awful feeling in your stomach and after a 6 hour journey you’re left sitting there thinking about what you just heard and how this is a real illness people deal with.

I think it’s really interesting to listen to if you ever have the time.

Stages 1-6 on Youtube: